Manhattan-born designer David Niles has earned a distinguished reputation for his work in television production, design, and management. He was the first to pioneer the commercial applications of High Definition Television and today is recognized as the foremost authority on HDTV production.
David Niles began his career in New York City migrating from architecture to theatre to audio recording and eventually to television. From 1972 through 1987, David was based in Paris, France, where he established a series of innovative studios and mobile production facilities. Aside from serving the European television market, David created programming for numerous clients to include: CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, NHK and ESPN. His European work earned him the prestigious "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" from French government.
In 1985, Niles created the first HDTV production facility in the world producing feature films, commercials and television programming in this emerging format. In 1987 Niles returned to New York to create America's first full production facility for HDTV.
Three years later Niles acquired the famous Ed Sullivan Theater. Following complete renovation of the theater, he produced the premiere HDTV productions of many legendary artists including Tony Bennett, Mick Jagger, Aerosmith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Jackie Mason. He also produced the successful Broadway show, " Dreamtime" . This was the first time that HD imagery was integrated into a live performance.
Mr. Niles has received numerous awards for his contributions to the industry most notably an Astrolabium and numerous citations from the Montreux Electronic Cinema Festival, the "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" and an Emmy nomination. He is also a member of the 200 person. Academy of Digital Television (DTV) Pioneers, The Academy of Motion Picture and Television and was a SMPTE Engineer. Many articles, books and documentaries, have been produced about Mr. Niles and he has appeared on many major US television networks utilizing his unique vantage point in debating and commenting on emerging video and HDTV technologies.
Early in 1998, Niles moved downtown where he provided clients with the highest standard of HDTV production and post-production. Soon after in 2002 David conceived, designed, built and operated Tribute , a 12,000 square foot gallery and exhibit space featuring 2 HD Digital cinemas that hosted events for clients such as Jaguar, Elton John Aids Foundation, Warner Brothers, The Wall Street Journal, American Express, Sotheby's, Cablevision, Apple and Robert Altman.
Presently, David produces, directs and edits original programming for numerous on air networks, consults for fortune 500 companies, develops new technologies and conceives, designs and executes large format projects from start to finish for companies including Comcast, Radio City Music Hall, Federated Department Stores, Panasonic, Walt Disney Imagineering and Madison Square Garden. David still remains most passionate about moving the industry forward by developing new technologies to further his creative work. Most recently he was the creative visionary behind the technology and artistic direction of the new “Comcast Experience” in Philadelphia. He and his company, Niles Creative Group , designed and created all of the content as well as the unique content delivery system for the world's highest definition, 25 by 80 foot, 10 million pixel LED screen, housed inside Robert Stern's, 1000 foot tall Comcast Center.
Director / Producer / Editor / Technical Director
Network Television Programming and Theatrical stage shows for over 30 years in America, France, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, The Soviet Union, and Japan.
ABC Wide world of Sports, ESPN, NBC, CBS.
- Live Concerts and Entertainment Specials
Including - Liza Minnelli at Radio City, ( Emmy Award ), Tom Jones and Shirley MacLaine at the Lido ( HBO ), Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Joel Grey at The Paradis Latin ( HBO ).
Lions Gate Films, IFC, CBS Entertainment, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, BBC, Lucas Film and others.
Panasonic, Sony, Lancome, Loreal, Sharp, Kelloggs, Atari, Gucci, Texas Instruments, Rodier, Tide, Seven-Up, and others.
- Music Videos
Over 200 artists including The Rolling Stones, REM and Vanessa Carlton.
- Operas, Dance and Broadway Shows
Including - Le Cid, Little Women, and Fosse.
Conceptual designs for the edit suites.
Assessed HD Production and Post production equipment.
Some People David has Worked With:
Francis Ford Coppola
Count Basie Orchestra
The Rolling Stones
The B 52's
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Kenneth G. Mills
Peter Paul & Mary